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Chris Ahearn takes leadership helm at Our Towns

After a four-month national search that attracted more than 200 applicants, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is excited to welcome Chris Ahearn as its new chief executive officer. Ahearn, a longtime Habitat supporter and volunteer, brings more than 20 years of communication and corporate leadership experience to the organization.

CEO Chris Ahearn

Our Towns CEO Chris Ahearn

Ahearn worked for Lowe’s Companies for more than 17 years in Corporate Communications and Community Relations, and served most recently as Vice President of Public Affairs. Prior to her work with Lowe’s, Ahearn served as the Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Food Lion in Salisbury. Early in her career, she worked in broadcast journalism, as a reporter and anchor for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City and WLUK-TV in Green Bay.

Ahearn has a deep familiarity with Habitat for Humanity and its mission to build decent, affordable housing. She helped encourage and facilitate a partnership between Lowe’s and Habitat during her tenure with the company. She is particularly passionate about the Women Build initiative, which Lowe’s undertook as underwriter of the program. Ahearn has also personally been volunteering on Habitat builds for nearly 20 years, with Our Towns Habitat and on various builds across the country.

“Chris’ resume is extensive, but it is her decades of volunteer work with Habitat, her church and other philanthropic groups that speaks volumes about what fulfills and aligns with her greater purpose,” said Scottt Lagueux, president of Our Towns Habitat’s Board of Directors. “I know she will bring great energy and enthusiasm to her new role at Our Towns Habitat.”

After swinging hammers for Habitat for two decades, Ahearn is excited to put a different set of skills to work building affordable homes.

“I look forward to taking my volunteer experience and longtime passion for Habitat’s mission to a new level as leader of the Our Towns Habitat team,” Ahearn said.

In appointing Ahearn as the new CEO, the Board also voted to elevate Director of Operations Denise Copeland to Senior Affiliate Director. Copeland has served as interim director since September, when former Executive Director Jeff Porter resigned to accept a position with Samaritan’s Purse.

“Denise has done an extraordinary job over the past two years keeping the many working parts of the affiliate running in good order,” Lagueux said.

Five Members Join Our Towns Habitat Board

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity recently added five new members to its board of directors, each serving a three-year team. Those joining the board include: Matthew Blickley, Dan Dunn, Kay Fisher, Charles Warren and Tim Zarsadia.
Our Towns Habitat aims to build homes, communities and hope in North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties.

Blickley, of Huntersville, is the senior director of financial planning and analysis for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Blickley has previously supported Our Towns Habitat through fundraising and is ready to expand his support to the organization’s mission through his board service.

Dunn is returning to the board with a longstanding history with the affiliate. Dunn once served as board chair, currently sits on the finance committee and has volunteered on a number of building trips to Guatemala. Dunn is the owner of Sunn Enterprises and resides in Davidson with his family.

With a deep passion for working with people at every economic level, Fisher, a Realtor, is adding her expertise to the board. Cornelius-based Fisher currently works at Keller Williams and serves on The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Diversity Council and is a board member of the Davidson Land Conservatory.

A current Habitat for Humanity construction volunteer, Warren is excited to expand his commitment to the organization as a new board member. The UNC-Charlotte graduate is a senior staff accountant with BGW Certified Public Accountants, PLLC, and is currently working on his CPA license.

Attorney Zarsadia’s law experience will be added to the Our Towns Habitat board. Zarsadia practices civil litigation with a focus on personal injury for The McIntosh Law Firm. Based in Huntersville, he enjoys coaching his three children’s tennis and soccer teams and is an active member of St. Mark Catholic Church.

“Our Towns Habitat is excited to have the expertise and guidance from such a diverse group of professionals,” said Executive Director Jeff Porter.“The leadership from each new board member will only continue to enhance and grow our services for families in need of affordable housing in our community.”

Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to welcome Dan Brewer and Reginald Keitt! Thanks to all our board members for their dedication, commitment and service to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity!

Dan writes: “I’ve been involved in Habitat builds since I was a young engineer. As a member of Central United Methodist Church in Mooresville, I’ve been on many work teams locally and abroad building homes or doing repairs for those in need. As a land development civil engineer, I feel that I can do more than being on work teams and can use my experience in subdivision design and planning to help in site selection. I’m honored to be on the board and look forward to working with everyone.”

Please welcome Reginald Keitt to our board of directors. He serves as Senior Pastor Mount Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church of Statesville and an active member of the Statesville branch of the NAACP and the Statesville Men’s Booster Ministry. Reginald has served as an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and is thrilled to encourage his church and the greater Statesville community to continue to become involved with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity mission to greater strengthen housing solutions for families in need.

Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to welcome Dan Brewer and Reginald Keitt! Thanks to all our board members for their dedication, commitment and service to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity!
Dan writes: “I’ve been involved in Habitat builds since I was a young engineer. As a member of Central United Methodist Church in Mooresville, I’ve been on many work teams locally and abroad building homes or doing repairs for those in need. As a land development civil engineer, I feel that I can do more than being on work teams and can use my experience in subdivision design and planning to help in site selection. I’m honored to be on the board and look forward to working with everyone.”

Please welcome Reginald Keitt to our board of directors. He serves as Senior Pastor Mount Pleasant A.M.E. Zion Church of Statesville and an active member of the Statesville branch of the NAACP and the Statesville Men’s Booster Ministry. Reginald has served as an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and is thrilled to encourage his church and the greater Statesville community to continue to become involved with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity mission to greater strengthen housing solutions for families in need.

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